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Michael Tabor, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Moonshine Memories heads a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 20th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run.
The seven-furlong main track test will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Simon Callaghan, Moonshine Memories won her first three races as a 2-year-old, including the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Chandelier (G1).
The Lexus Raven Run represents her third trip east from her Southern California base. Moonshine Memories finished fourth in the Acorn (G1) at Belmont in June and in her most recent start was third in the Prioress (G2) at Saratoga on Sept. 2.
Mike Smith has the mount and will break from post position nine.
The field for the Lexus Raven Run, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Amy’s Challenge (Jareth Loveberry, 118 pounds), Everyonelovesjimmy (Chris Landeros, 118), Blamed (Julien Leparoux, 118), True Royalty (Robby Albarado, 120), Alter Moon (Jose Ortiz, 118), Kelly’s Humor (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), She’s Pretty Lucky (Corey Lanerie, 118), Chauncey (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Moonshine Memories (Smith, 118), Divine Queen (Calvin Borel, 118), Take Charge Paula (Florent Geroux, 118), Shamrock Rose(Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Bronx Beauty (Albin Jimenez, 118) and Nootka Sound (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118). Also–eligible: CriminalMischief (Gabriel Saez, 118) and She’s a Gypsy (Corey Lanerie, 118).
AMY’S CHALLENGE WORKS FOR SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN
Novogratz Racing Stables’ Amy’s Challenge tuned up for a start in Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run by working a half-mile in :46.80 on Wednesday morning over a fast track for trainer Mac Robertson.
Working on her own after the renovation break, Amy’s Challenge galloped out 5 furlongs in :59.
“Pretty good; pretty good,” Robertson said after the work.
Undefeated as a 2-year-old and graded stakes-placed this spring at Oaklawn Park, Amy’s Challenge comes into the Lexus Raven Run off a turf sprint victory at Canterbury Park.
“I was just trying to get her a win,” Robertson said of the grass start. “She had been running her guts out without winning one.”
Amy’s Challenge came to Keeneland last fall after beating the boys in her first two starts but did not race.
“She’s a sound filly and she has done well here,” Robertson said.
Wednesday’s work was the third for Amy’s Challenge at Keeneland following a bullet 5 furlongs in :59 on Oct. 9 and another five-eighths work in :58.60 on Oct. 3.